Welcome to ‘Marty’s Musings’, my weekly column of numbers summarizing the happenings in the baseball world. I am your guide for taking an analytic look at the news and notes throughout the game, and highlighting key pitching matchups.
The streaky Yankees catapult ahead of the AL wild card contenders with a sweep of the Red Sox, meanwhile the Giants continue to set the pace in the NL West.
News & Notes
3 - Game sweep the Yankees handed-down on the Red Sox, who were coming off a winning streak of their own before being shot down to second place in the AL Wild Card Standings.
7 - Hits for Giancarlo Stanton in the series. He went 7-for-12, mashing three homers, and a double, as he drove in nine runs over the weekend series.
20-6 - The Athletics outscored the Houston Astros by 14 runs in their three game sweep of Houston in Oakland. It might be too-little-too-late, as Oakland is three games back of the second wild card spot with only six games to go.
2 - Sweeps in Colorado for the first place Giants, the first time they’ve ever managed to sweep the Rockies in Denver twice in a season. The Giants control their path to an NL West pennant, and lead the Dodgers by one game heading into the last week of the season.
16 - Consecutive games won by the St. Louis Cardinals who are now running away with the second National League Wild Card. The team hasn’t lost since September 10th, and they’ve won eight consecutive road games, sweeping the Brewers in four games in Milwaukee and the Cubs three games in Chicago.
Last week Adam Wainwright joined Bob Gibson as the only two Cardinals pitchers to amass 2,000 strikeouts.